The Coming Tsunami

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Rated 4.60/5 based on 6 reviews
Two former lovers who grew up together – and who have deeply hated each other for over thirty years – must now confront and deal with one another again as their fathers, life-long best friends, develop differing kinds of dementia within a few years of each other. More

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About Mike Penney

Mike Penney was born in Boulder, Colorado, the setting for THE COMING TSUNAMI, and attended the University of Colorado in Boulder where he studied Philosophy and Literature. Following college, he lived for decades in many locales throughout the West, including California, Washington State, and especially Hawaii, where BEHIND THE GATES WITH THE RICH AND HAPPY 1% was generated. Presently, Mike Penney once again calls Colorado his home.

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Review by: Kent Story on Feb. 29, 2012 :
The Coming Tsunami...I laughed, I cried and I learned. This is a story about two old men growing old, one suffering from Alzheimer's and the other dementia. It involves the trials and tibulations of their lives and those lives that were there to help. Three characters come to mind in reviewing this book.
The charismatic Charlie Noble...a friend everyone would love to have. He has that easy-going view of life, a terrific sense of humor and enough one liners to keep me laughing throughout the story.
Anna May Noble, the consummate caregiver, struggling to do what's right for her family and her father's best friend.
And then there is the manipulative, stubborn and narcissic Paul Giessen. He was a former lover of Ana May's, and now a complicated adversary. Their history unfolds throughout the story and only at the end do you see how they started together and how they end up.
I really enjoyed the book. It was funny and poignant; it is a education on Alzhemier's and Dementia; it's about what caregivers have to sacrifice and do to care for those family members and it's a embattled love story that keeps you on edge till the final pages.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Kent Story on Feb. 29, 2012 :
The Coming Tsunami...I laughed, I cried and I learned. This is a story about two old men growing old, one suffering from Alzheimer's and the other dementia. It involves the trials and tibulations of their lives and those lives that were there to help. Three characters come to mind in reviewing this book.
The charismatic Charlie Noble...a friend everyone would love to have. He has that easy-going view of life, a terrific sense of humor and enough one liners to keep me laughing throughout the story.
Anna May Noble, the consummate caregiver, struggling to do what's right for her family and her father's best friend.
And then there is the manipulative, stubborn and narcissic Paul Giessen. He was a former lover of Ana May's, and now a complicated adversary. Their history unfolds throughout the story and only at the end do you see how they started together and how they end up.
I really enjoyed the book. It was funny and poignant; it is a education on Alzhemier's and Dementia; it's about what caregivers have to sacrifice and do to care for those family members and it's a embattled love story that keeps you on edge till the final pages.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Steve Hoover on Jan. 28, 2012 :
I Really liked this story.The book takes on the sensitive, serious subject matter of what to do when your loved ones are succumbing to Alzheimer disease or dementia.Do you put them in a assisted living situation-disrupting their lives and leaving them even more bewildered,or suspend your life and take on their care as your primary occupation?
The author approaches the subject from many different angles: the money worries, the emotional turmoil of giving your all to care for someone who often times doesn't recognize you, the jealousy and guilt of the sibling ( or in this case the ex-lover and son)who is not the care giver, the seemingly overwhelming learning curve of just how to take care of a Alzheimer's patient.
It is all there and written with a wit and charm that is often quite funny, and endears you to the characters-and in the end gives you hope for the human race.
It's a good read-looking forward to more from Mr. Penny.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jim Hoyt on Jan. 16, 2012 :
"The Coming Tsunami" tells a story that, perhaps with slightly different personal variations, most of us can relate to - the twists and turns that life takes us on. It deals with families and relationships - both the enduring and the dysfunctional. Love, money, power, and compassion (and the lack thereof), all come out in this often times humorous struggle of human relationships in the context of age related dementia.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jim Hagerty on Jan. 16, 2012 :
Mike Penney's believeable drama between the members of two close-knit families growing up in Boulder, Colorado would be interesting enough. Include vastly different forms of dimentia in the respective family patriarchs and you have a sometimes funny, sometimes sad, but always entertaining look at how the added challenges shape the lives of these characters. The huge contrast in the behavior of the two men afflicted with brain disease creates some memorable scenes. The mystery of the soured romantic relationship between the protagonists will keep you engrossed until the end. Definitely worth reading.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: FredMoore on Dec. 29, 2011 : (no rating)
As an Individual who has had a family with Alzheimers it took me back to the rollercoaster life we had. Your life is consumed with the fear and just not knowing what is going to happen next. The Coming Tsunami takes you through what can happen to a loved one and the extended family. A must read, comical at times yet the realization that the Baby Bomers are coming to that age when we have more of a chance to come down with Alzheimers.
(reviewed long after purchase)

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